In Slam Dunk, during a fight between a vicious gang and the basketball team, Sakuragi does this to the biggest guy who punched almost everyone there. He dedicates a furious punch for every one of his hurt teammates, but when it's his turn to "avenge" Rukawa, his main rival, he only gives a little pinch, to follow up with a punch for one of the bench. Everyone looks at the scene amazed, but, naturally, Rukawa is not very amused.
In the final episode of Seto no Hanayome, Nagasumi unleashes a barrage of punches - naturally, he dedicates each one to San.
Mazinger Z: In the manga, as they are making preparations for the Final Battle, Kouji tells -of course, loudly- that, for his poor murdered granddad, for all people has been hurt, and for the peace of Japan... THIS TIME HE'LL DESTROY DR. HELL FOR GOOD!
Great Mazinger: In the Gosaku Ota manga chapters, after Prof. Kabuto's death, Tetsuya makes a kamikaze dive together with Great Mazinger, screaming "This is for my father! And for all my friends!"
UFO Robo Grendizer: Duke tells him several times when an enemy has got him extremely pissed off:
Duke: “But Gandal! It was your mistake coming here! For my parents… And for all citizens of Fleed... I will kill you!”
In the Mazinkaiser movie Deathmatch!! Great General of Darkness, Kouji delivers one to the titular General, punctuating each strike with the titular mech's Kaiser Knuckle before finishing it (and him) off with a point-blank Turbo Smasher Punch.
In The Prince of Tennis, lead character Ryoma Echizen goes through this dialogue in a tennis match against then-antagonist Jin Akutsu. Even though it is tennis, to be fair, the first payback is a drive volley at point-blank range.
When Goku begins beating the hell out of Nappa in Dragon Ball Z, each blow is dedicated to one of the heroes that Nappa has killed.
Don't forget about Trunks shouting "THIS IS FOR GOHAN!" to Android 18 before completely destroying her when he returns to his timeline after taking several levels in badass during the Cell saga.
"This kick was for Gloria. And this one is also for Gloria. And the next one is also for Gloria. And the next one. And the one after that. And the next one, and next one... They're ALL for Gloria!"
In One Piece, Nami strikes Nezumi with her staff, saying that it was for shooting Nojiko and wrecking Bellemere's tangerine trees. In some abridged version, Luffy dedicates punches to Italian ice cream and Cheerios.
In Naruto, when Choji uses his Deadly Upgrade, he effortlessly knocks Jirobo aside, saying it's for eating his last potato chip. He then steps on the downed Jirobo's hand, saying that it is for calling him worthless and fat, and then delivers a lethal punch to him for having insulted his best friend, Shikamaru.
In the Baccano!! light novel Drugs and Dominoes, Luck Gandor beats the hell out of Gustavo with a chair, announcing as he does that each blow is for a Gandor business or employee attacked by the Runorata under Gustavo's command. One of the more amusing items on the list was actually his own head, which one Runorata-hired druggie had sliced off some time before...Er, he got better.
Detroit Metal City: Krauser II gives this speech as he humps death metal legend Jack III Dark on stage, randomly dedicating the last one to Kuririn...
Pretty much the same thing happened in Gintama, only more randomly. Kagura kicks a turtle alien at the beach, shouting, "Stand up! That was for Krillin! Next is..." She gets interrupted before she can go on.
Fist of the North Star plays this straight when Kenshiro kills Jagi: he uses a finishing move which consists of four blows dedicated to each person whose life was ruined by Jagi (including a young boy who lost his little brother). There's a more symbolic version later when Kenshiro begins using the abilities of fallen allies against their killers.
The shishihokodan arc, centered around a ki-attack that gets more powerful the more depressed one is, has a number of scuffling sessions between Ranma and Ryoga, particularly when Ranma first tumbles on to its secret and they try to out-mope one another — for a while they seem evenly matched, but Ryoga soon takes the upper hand, as his litany of misery starts to take on a personal element of long-held resentment. "This is because I always lose to you! [blast] This is because you stole my girlfriend! [blast] This is because you make fun of me for having no sense of direction! [blast]"
Not too much later Ranma himself got to do it to his father Genma, who believed his son had finally surpassed him in skill — the most significant aspect of this being (to Genma) an end to the days in which he could beat up his weaker child and eat all of their food himself, as apparently happened on a regular basis during Ranma's formative years (...and beyond). Ranma reassures him that he holds no grudge, and he certainlywouldn't think to take advantage of the situation... and of course we immediately cut to the sparring lot: "And this is for the rice bowl! This is for the pastrami!" [etc.]
In Transformers Victory, the Beastforce does this collectively to Star Saber, for whom they blame Deathcobra's death (even though he was actually killed by Hellbat, who blamed Holi and Clipper).
In Afro Samurai, The Rival, Kuma/Jinnosuke yells out characters who died as a direct result of their meeting our Anti-Hero. Only 3 of these characters were named previously, so we're apparently expected to know who Chiro and Zenkichi are.
Given their past, they were probably members of the dojo who died in the same fight that maimed Jinnosuke.
Yami Yugi does this with cards. in one of his many moments of luck and heroic resolve, he draws a six card combo where each card represents a friend lost to the Big BadCousin Oliver of the arc. Since there were more than 6 people lost, non-main characters were grouped with whichever main character they were closest to.
Yusuke Urameshi pulls this one in the Dark Tournament arc against Dr. Ichigaki. He delivers a pounding and a Shout-Out for each person Ichigaki had hurt or done wrong, including the three martial arts students he had enslaved, their master who he had given a terrible sickness, Kuwabara who had suffered grave injuries in trying to save the students from their enslavement, and then he wraps it up with "And the last one's for me...just for pissing me off!", along with the final, fiercest blow.
In D.Gray-Man General Cross shoots the level 4 Akuma a lot and tells it he fired one bullet for every one of his allies it killed, and the rest were for ruining his coat.
Even though he doesn't say it himself, when Masaru has Kurata at his mercy, his friends tell him to deal the killing blow for all Digimon that Kurata has killed. Masaru and ShineGreymon Burst Mode are happy to oblige.
When Yamato tries to fight Taichi to "clear his doubts", Taichi responds with punches for all the Digimon who had committed heroic sacrifices for the Chosen thus far, believing that Yamato's actions dishonored what they gave their lives for.
During the Phantom Lord arc, Natsu beats up Gajeel (who is coated with impenetrable metal scales, no less), dedicating the blows to all the people in Fairy Tail who Gajeel and his guild hurt (Levy, Jet, Droy, Nab, Macao, Makarov, Erza, and Lucy), as well as for destroying the Fairy Tail guildhall.
Done again in the Grand Magic Games arc by Laxus against Raven Tail, beating up the guild members who hurt and/or humiliated Wendy, Carla, Gray, and Lucy. Humorously, when he gets to the one member who didn't do anything to Fairy Tail, He basically says "I got nothing" and blasts him anyway.
Occurs early on in Inuyasha, when it looks like Sesshomaru has killed Kagome. Unsurprisingly, this pisses Inuyasha off, to the point where he actually lands multiple hits on Sesshomaru, yelling all the while.
"That was for mother. And this - this is for Kagome!" *hits him again*
Of course, this ends up being subverted, as neither Sesshomaru nor Kagome find it terribly impressive; Kagome, because she was still trying to dig her way out of a pile of dissolved demon bones, and Sesshomaru, because Sesshomaru.
"If I'd known that was all it would take to get you to fight seriously, I would have killed her long ago."
In The Vision of Escaflowne when Van takes his revenge against the Zaibach pilots who destroyed his hometown and killed nearly everyone he cared about, as he kills them one by one he says "This is for the Duke of Freid, this is for Balgus, and this is for Fanelia!"
In X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, Boom-Boom, having used a Friending Network to research a villain who'd humiliated her, gets a rematch and starts dedicating the Non-Fatal Explosions she uses to knock the villain around: (BOOM)"This is for tricking me with a crappy superpower!" (Boom) "This is for being dumb enough to put damaging personal information on a website!" (BOOM)"And this is for having more inter-friends than me!"
Global Frequency #10: The Frenchman, after tearing off the Psycho for Hire's arm at the shoulder, beating him to death with it, and stuffing it into his mouth: "And that's for stealing my girlfriend's book on biofeedback."
During the GLA miniseries, Squirrel Girl reminds her squirrel army "that this" is for her squirrel sidekick, Monkey Joe, as they incapacitate the villain Machete. A bit of a subversion, as Machete had absolutely nothing to do with Monkey Joe's death, and the next panel has the ghost of Monkey Joe saying "Not like it's going to bring me back or anything."
Deadpool (in Germany):This is for NORMANDY! And this is for... Uhm... For... Bridgitte Nielsen! Dude in headlock:But she's not Ger-AAARGH!
Turned around in an early arc. A mercenary with a grudge against Deadpool starts shooting him while Deadpool stalks toward him.
Merc:This is for Almodovar. * KRAK!* Merc:And this is for costing me my promotion. * KRAK!* Merc:And this for the night shift that keeps me from my wife and kids. * KRAK!* Merc:And this...THIS is for—*notices Deadpool is right in front of him* —huh? Deadpool:This—is for the heck of it! *PUNCH!*
A Moment Of Awesome during Walt Simonson's Thor run (a run that seemed to accumulate Crowning Moments of Awesome) had Odin, Thor and Loki join forces against Surtur as the fire-demon attacked Asgard with the intent to bring about Ragnarok.
Odin: For Asgard! Thor: For Midgard! Loki: For Myself!
The event comic Annihilation has this when Richard Rider kills Annihilus, whose Annihilation Wave previously destroyed the entire Nova Corps.
Nova: *as he's tearing out Annihilus' insides* THIS IS FOR NOVA CORPS!
And, earlier, in the "March of the Wooden Soldiers" arc, you see a literal enraged Mama Bear, in the thick of the fighting against Gepetto's wooden soldier invasion force after her son was killed, screaming: "And This Is for... my Boo Bear, you monsters!"
As Rosemary Almond prepares to shoot Adam Susan in V for Vendetta, her mental monologue runs along these lines: "Yes, because my husband gave his life up working for you, and you don't even recognize me. Yes, because I had a life and a husband but you didn't care. Yes, because you played games with our lives, and they didn't matter to you, but they were all that we had. Yes. Yes."
Hilarious non-violent example happens in a Mafalda strip. Mafalda is a girl who hates soup with a reverence (to the point that she uses it as a curse). The following exchange happens:
Mafalda: Who thinks of making soup in summer? No one! Only you think to make soup in summer! Mother: Am I original or not? (Beat Panel) Mafalda (thinking): This one for giving arguments to the enemy.* gulp* This one for not knowing what to answer. * gulp* This one for...
Gen13: in one story arc Caitlin Fairchild became the only person on Earth unaffected by an insipid song that possessed mind-controlling qualities. Finally as she faced off against the creator of this mind-controlling song, she declared war against all bad music(in her opinion); "This is for Creed's 'With Arms Wide Open'! This is for the entire Oasis catalog! And this is for that 'Sunscreen' speech song! I mean, what's that all about?"
In one issue of Transformers Generation 2, after Red Alert and Mirage are killed in battle, the surviving Autobots invoke them as they're kicking Cybertronian butt.
Emil Eagle once tricked Gyro Gearloose out of his clientele. When said clientele figured out his tricks, they started beating him. One said it was for Gyro. Another one said it was for trying to trick them. And yet another said it was for himself.
When Zander Rice has X-23 strapped to an operating table to extract her claws for bonding with adamantium one at a time without anasthesia, he makes a point before beginning of telling her, "This is for my father." For the record, Laura didn't even do anything to Rice's father, Wolverine killed him escaping Alkali Lake. He's taking it out on her because she's Logan's clone and genetic daughter.
During the climactic battle of the Transformers fic Screaming Blue Murder, Starscream finally gets his shot at Fatigue, the tractor-mech who beat him most of the way to death while he was drugged back in chapter five or so, and calls out, "this is for Warp," while destroying one eye, because the drugrunners Fatigue fronts for messed with Skywarp pretty badly, "and for Sepp," on the other, meaning Forceps, the OC surgeon who picked Screamer up off the street and rebuilt him against all common sense, and who Fatigue left paralyzed, and then finishes with the traditional, "and for me."
During the Final Battle of the Chaos Verse, Discord does this while hitting Nightmare Phobia with major attacks, saying that each one is for one of the construct ponies Phobia killed earlier in the fight.
Death Note Equestria: When Twilight discovers that Fluttershy is the Second Kira, she expresses her horror at the fact that she killed innocents unprovoked, something Twilight herself has only done when desperate, by hitting her repeatedly, naming each pony killed while doing so. Of course, then she ends it by saying "And this is for me" and kissing Fluttershy in order to cast a healing spell and erasing all the damage.
In thisMy Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, one character delivers this while attacking the bad guy. Notably, the pony most important to the deliverer isn't mentioned in the final blow, but in the second-to-final one, which is stronger than the final blow.
An unusual example in the Kim Possible fanfic "Broken Heart, Broken Mind": a resurrected Eric (aka Synthodrone 901) sent an army of Kim-clone robots against Kim and Ron. Kim, earlier drugged by Eric into angrily breaking up with Ron (less than a month before their wedding), had recovered from the drugs but still felt guilty as she recalled the many times she put Ron down or took him for granted over the years. During the battle, with each Kim-Bot she took down, she would list one of those incidents; "That's for not believing Yori when she said that Stoppable-san was a great hero," or ""That's for when I tried to change him with that stupid haircut he didn't want in the first place."
In Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, (the final film in the Aladdin trilogy), bandits storm the castle and disrupt Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding. The heroes do the best they can to defeat the interlopers, however, and Princess Jasmine gets in one dandy sucker punch on one of them, announcing coldly, "That was for ruining my wedding."
Astrid:* PUNCH* That's for kidnapping me! * Kiss* And that's for everything else.
She does this a few times, punching him ("That's for (something bad)!") and then kissing him, first on the cheek, then quickly on the mouth, then, at the end ("That's for scaring me!"), she kisses him slowly on the mouth, and doesn't say the rest.
Chicken Run has a slight variation when Rocky the rooster returns to the chickens after leaving. Ginger first slaps him, saying 'That was for leaving', then follows up by going to Almost Kiss him, finishing 'And this is for coming back...'
At the end of Anastasia as Anya is killing Rasputin by crushing the vial that keeps him alive under her shoes:
This is for Dimitri! [stamp] This is for my family! [stamps] And this...this is for you! Do svidaniya! [final stamp]
Films — Live-Action
Played with (along with many other action tropes) in Last Action Hero. Jack Slater does the whole And This Is for... routine, except "This is for blowing up my ex-wife's house!" is followed by a gentle slap on the hand. However, when he gets to the part regarding his daughter's black eye, he attempts to hurl the culprit through a wall.
Bianca:(punches Joey) That's for making my date bleed! (punches again) That's for my sister! (knees Joey in the groin) And that's for me!
In Batman Forever, Robin's reaction upon finding Two-Face and expressing what comes very close to Unstoppable Rage over his family being murdered: (punch, knocking away Two-Face's gun) "That was for my mother!" (punch) "My father!" (punch) "My brother! AND THIS IS FOR ME!" (knocks him backwards and towards a cliff)
Parodied in Not Another Teen Movie. (* Punch* "That's for taking Jamie to the prom!" * Punch* "That's for hurting Jamie at Preston's party!" * Punch* "That's for...being really weird!" * Punch* "...I don't know what that was for.")
A more subtle version appears in GoldenEye as Bond faces off with movie villain and former friend Alec Trevelyan. Earlier in the film Alec had referenced a small tradition they shared during a dangerous mission: "For England, James?" "For England, Alec." As Alec is about to die, he says again, "For England, James?" Bond responds, "No. For me."
Ironically, early in the film, M warns Bond against employing this trope when she sends him on a mission where he is sure to cross paths with the man who presumably murdered Trevelyan in the film's prologue. "Avenging Alec Trevelyan will not bring him back."
Appears (doubled, in fact) even earlier in Octopussy:
Mishka: And this (prepares to throw knife at Bond)... for my brother! (charges towards Bond, who opens the door behind him) James Bond: (Throws his own knife and impales him) And that's for 009!
Stamper: This one's for Carver! (punches Bond) And this one's for Kaufman! (punches Bond again)
Samwise Gamgee, the normally non-threatening gardener in The Lord of the Rings, even did this, dedicating Orc kills as he scaled a tower to rescue Frodo: "This is for Mr. Frodo! (stab) And this is for the Shire! (slice) And this is for my old Gaffer!" (thrust)
Aragorn's last words before charging into battle at the Black Gates were, "For Frodo."
At the end of Blade Runner, Roy Batty snaps two of Deckard's fingers, dedicating each to one of Deckard's kills.
In Hook the title villain, in an effort to turn Peter Pan's son, Jack, against Pan, has the boy do this while smashing clocks for things like not letting him blow bubbles in his chocolate milk. (At least at first. They get more serious later on.)
In The Fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimble asks "Why Helen?", while beating up Dr. Charles Nichols, the man who engineered his wife's death.
In Dunston Checks In, as Robert Grant sends Lord Rutledge sliding across a table at the end of their fight, he says "And this is for tying up my son!"
The adaptation of The Spirit: To demonstrate just how dangerous his latest chemical formula can be even if the temperature if off by "one or two degrees," The Octopus squirts some into a cat named Muffin's dish, which upon consumption causes it to dissolve, save for its eyeballs. Once breaking free, The Spirit begins to punch him across the room: "This is for Sand! * PUNCH* This is for me! * PUNCH* And this is for MUFFIN!!" * SUPER KICK*
Mike (as Willow):This is for letting a million Japanese beetles get under me.
A hilarious example from the film Mannequin: 'Switcher - this one's for my Mama!'
Commentary on The Mummy Returns reveals that Ardeth originally had the line "That was for Horus!" (his falcon) after killing Lock-Nah, who had just shot the little falcon. Sadly, it was deleted because of fear that moronic viewers wouldn't have been paying attention to the one previous time he says the falcon's name.
It still shows up in the novelization.
In The Godfather Part II, Vito's father was murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito was a child. He escaped to the U.S., became an influental crime boss there, and eventually returned to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
Don Ciccio: What was your father's name? Vito: Antonio Andolini. Don Ciccio: You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you Vito: My father's name was Antonio Andolini... and this is for you! (stabs him)
Marion: (kisses Sallah's cheek) That is for Fayah...(kisses his other cheek)...that is for your children...and this is for you. (kisses his lips)
Free Willy 2, Jesse's younger half-brother Elvis befriends Willy's little brother Littlespot. None of the whales are actually harmed, just endangered for a while but Elvis still gets in a "And that's for Littlespot!" as he kicks a bad guy into the water.
Wild Geese II. Ex-Regimental Sergeant Major James Murphy is used to train the group in how to act like soldiers for a prisoner rescue. One of the group is IRA terrorist Hourigan, who repeatedly taunts Murphy; at the end of the training Murphy shoots Hourigan in the kneecaps, telling him it's for some British soldiers he'd killed in an ambush. "But this one Hourigan, this one's for me." (shoots him in the head)
In the Remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Clancy Brown's character declares "This is for my son!" as he throws a molotov cocktail into the gas-soaked warehouse Freddy Krueger is hiding in.
The Avengers: Tony rattles off a list of the people Loki made the mistake of crossing, ending with this:
In Men In Black 3 after Jay tells the younger version of Kay that he came back to the past to prevent his death. Kay punches him once for not telling him and again for telling him the truth. Yeah he's a complex guy.
In Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) Memphis arrives at Calitri dock just a mere twelve minutes after the deadline in delivering the last car slightly damaged (though nothing that couldn't be fixed). Calitri, regardless, orders Memphis to be killed. However once a teammate manges to save him. Memphis charges right into Calitri base and starts whaling on him.
Memphis: (Punches Calitri) The first mistake was having a kid to do your dirty work. (Punches again) The second was that it was my kid brother. (Kicks him) But you just made the biggest mistake by trying to kill me!
Right before they attack Lawrence in Ride With The Devil, Quantrill makes a rousing speech to the men, telling them to remember their female relatives who died in the collapse of a Kansas City jail. "To Lawrence!"
Happens at the end of Missing in Action 2 in which Braddock puts the beatdown on Colonel Yin for killing Lester (with a slight neck snap) and Frankie (belly punch and grabbing his stomach). And finally finishes him off by detonating a bomb in the cabin, blowing him up. "And this is for me."
In Pitch Black Riddick cuts off all the lights on the ship prior to taking off, because he wants to kill as many of the creatures as possible when they gather around the ship. It's implied it's in honor of Fry.
Riddick: We can't leave... (beat) without saying good night...
Jon:(punch) That's for stealing my dog. (punch) And my cat.
The absolute king of this: In R.A. Salvatore's second published Drizzt novel Streams of Silver, Bruenor the dwarf king-in-exile accomplishes his life dream of finding his ancestral home, which his clan was run out of when he was barely old enough to remember. When he finds it, he discovers it's still inhabited and operated by an evil dwarven sub-race. Using the axe and armor he inherited from the discovered remains of his father and grandfather (they died fighting heroically, of course), Bruenor examines the place. He runs into a group of the new inhabitants, and becomes so over-wrought during the skirmish he dedicates each axe strong to his ancestors, beginning with: "For me father! For me father's father!" Later he's heard saying, "For me father's father's father's father's—". Lampshaded when the narrator says Bruenor's ancestral line was "long indeed. The gray dwarves never had a chance."
An odd combination with the Arson Murder And Life Saving in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Infinite Requiem. When one of the characters realises the full extent of the Doctor's manipulative plan, she knocks him to the ground, saying "This is for using me!" Then she kisses him, saying "And this is for saving our lives."
C. S. Lewis's A Horse and His Boy when Aslan wounds Aravis in order to make her know the pain inflicted on her stepmother's slave. The slave was whipped due to Aravis' actions, and Aravis earlier stated that she didn't care what happened to the slave.
Shouted (mentally) by the enraged Companion Gwena (a magic spirit horse) while trampling one of Valdemar's most brutal enemies to death in Mercedes Lackey's Mage Winds trilogy.
In Paul Robinson's Instrument of God, Andrea 528, researching her criminal case, gets into an argument in the law library with a rapist who's researching his case. They trade insults, and then it rises to a fight. She more or less beats the tar out of him, with her first punch a bit of retribution for the woman he raped, when she says, "This is for Ann!" before clocking him one so hard he drops to the floor.
At the very beginning of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Wraith Squadron, Myn Donos loses his command, Talon Squadron, to Admiral Trigit's various plans. His almost-girlfriend Falynn dies during the final battle. Needless to say, Revenge Ensues. And then Trigit (while losing badly) decides to bail from his Star Destroyer in a fighter. Donos shoots him down with two missiles. One for Falynn, two for Talon.
A psychological example in the Revenge of the Sith novelization, where Anakin unleashes his various childhood demons while fighting Count Dooku, followed up by projecting the atrocities he's suffered during the war against Dooku.
When Count Dooku flies at him, blade flashing, Watto's fist cracks out from Anakin's childhood to knock the Sith Lord tumbling back. When with all the power that the dark side can draw from throughout the universe, Dooku hurls a jagged fragment of the durasteel table, Shmi Skywalker's gentle murmur I knew you would come for me, smashes it aside.
In three seconds, d'Artagnan had given him three strokes of the sword, saying at each stroke: "One for Athos, one for Porthos, one for Aramis!" At the third stroke, the gentleman fell in a heap. D'Artagnan thought he was dead, or at least unconscious, and went up to him to take the order; but just as he reached out to search him, the wounded man, who had not let go of his sword, thrust the point into his chest, saying: "And one for you!" "And one for me! Saving the best for last!" d'Artagnan cried, furious, and pinned him to the ground with a fourth stroke through the stomach.
Occurs straight in Redwall, when Matthias kills Asmodeus Poisonteeth, but instead of the character yelling it, the narration does it for him:
He struck for Redwall! He struck for Methuselah! [...and so on until...] He struck until his paws ached and the sword fell from them!
In the book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, all but one of the title character's friends are murdered by a wizard who cannot be killed or basically every wizard in the world will descend upon the killer and destroy not only him, but everyone he's ever known. So when Locke finally catches him he can't kill him and instead cuts off his fingers, saying "This is for Nazca. That's Calo. Galdo, too." etc. Then, when he runs out of friends, he just says "those are for me and Jean." And then he cuts out the guy's tongue, too.
He later does an extended version for just his fellow Gentleman Bastards as he repeatedly stabs the Gray King, who hired said wizard, saying a name after each stab and calling the owner his brother and friend. In Bug's case, his birth name is given for the first (and last) time and he is also called Locke's apprentice.
In the second book, Locke takes this entirely literally, offering the archon of Tal Verrar to his enemies to be tortured, as a "death-offering" for the life of Ezri, who died (indirectly) as the result of the archon's scheming.
White Star, a book about an ex-marine who was a sniper during the Vietnam war forced back into sniping when one of the people he didn't kill comes back, delivers one at the end of the book. Earlier the sniper was tricked into killing his nanny/childminder/cook, and it plagues him throughout the book. At the very end he is shot through the forearm, hand, and leg, as well as burned all over and blown up with a makeshift nail bomb. He finally catches the enemy sniper, shoots him in every place the sniper got him, then walks away, declaring 'our accounts are closed.' Then he walks back, puts his gun on the bad guy's forehead, and tells him 'but (her) account is still owing.' and blows him away. Also a case of eye for an eye.
At the very end of The Aeneid, Turnus, defeated by Aeneas, begs for mercy. Aeneas is about to let him live but then sees that he is wearing a sword-belt he took from Aeneas's friend Pallas, whom he killed earlier. Aeneas gets angry, says (roughly), "This is for Pallas!" and kills him. This makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
Invoked and arguably subverted in Diana Wynne Jones's Cart and Cwidder, when mild, dreamy Moril finally loses his temper and attacks the enemy with his Magic Music. He strikes chords for his friend's hanged brother, for his murdered father, for his imprisoned brother and the coming war—and at the end of it all he's closed up the pass the enemy was coming through, with them inside. Later, though, he acknowledges that he really did it because his beloved horse had just been killed.
At the end of the second book in The Hollows, Rachel does this to Piscary. The first blow is for sending Algaliarept to kill her, the second for raping Ivy, and the third for killing her father.
Toward the end of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Emily with a 'y' says this when she stabs Doctor Stockhill for the girls who couldn't be there followed immediately by Sir Edward for the rats.
In the Dale Brown novel Wings of Fire, Chris Wohl says this is for the two men he lost and Wendy McLanahan when he Vigilante Executes Pavel Kazakov.
In Assassin's Creed: Renaissance, Ezio stabs Francesco de'Pazzi multiple times, invoking the names of his dead family members and Giuliano de'Medici.
Done in The Wheel of Time by Mat, when he finally kills the gholam, who was responsible for the death of a large number of his soldiers and a former lover.
Michael Connelly: After Mickey Hallerexposes Louis Roulet as the real culprit of a murder another client of his was wrongfully convicted for, he told Louis it was for Raul Levin, an investigator killed while looking for evidence.
Subverted in Sledge Hammer!: When the title character throws in one more punch than he dedicates, and when asked who that was for, he says, "that one was gratuitous."
A slightly modified version in Eureka when Jo Lupo does this to Callister Raynes:
Shortly after Babylon 5 secedes from Earth, a sleeper cell of Nightwatch agents kidnaps Delenn and a visiting Minbari captain, and one of them wounds Delenn while escaping. When Sheridan catches up to the perp and pounds the crap out of him, he vents his rage:
"No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch! No more hostages! No more lies! Not on my station! Not on my watch! NO MORE!"
From the first season episode "Born to the Purple," when Londo is beating up Trakis:
Londo: (punches Trakis to the floor) That is for Adira! And this is for me! (kicks him when he's down)
In a wickedly cheesy moment, just after they've killed the Big Bad, Dean crouches down by the corpse and says "That was for our Mom, you son of a bitch."
In a Season 8 episode, a recurring character pulls a revolver on the villain of the week. She starts listing his victims ("This is for...") and punctuates each one with a trigger pull. Turns out, the gun is unloaded. She just wanted to see his terrified flinches.
In the LOST third season finale, Sawyer shoots Tom, saying, "That's for taking the kid off the raft," a Call Back to the first season finale when the Others kidnapped Walt.
One episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine centers around Worf doing a major mission and dedicating it to Jadzia, so she may properly enter Sto-Vo-kor.
The Grand Finale had two Cardassian guards execute a pair of Jem'Hadar soldiers who were about to kill Damar, Kira and Garak, in retaliation for the Dominion annihilating a Cardassian city in an attempt to quash Damar's rebellion.
"That was for Lakarian City."
Done on Gossip Girl, when Nate's dad is leaving the country, Nate starts to go, then turns around and punches his father, saying "That was for Mom."
Mr. Bean. Bean is watching television, and although we can't see what's on we can hear machine-gun fire and someone shouting between bursts: "This is for my brother...this is for my sister...this is for my father...(etc)" Bean turns it off in disgust.
In the Taxi episode "Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish?", Funny Foreigner Latka meets Simka, a woman from the same country as him; when he tries to break the ice by telling jokes about the "Mountain People" (a clan to which she belongs, unbeknownst to him), she responds by slapping him repeatedly for her mother, father, grandfather, etc. (Latka: "I hope you have a small family...")
During the American Roadtrip episode of Top Gear, the following occurs when the three presenters are trying to get each other killed via painting offensive slogans on each other's cars while driving through Alabama:
Hammond: [painting Clarkson's car] Revenge for all those height gags. Every time he's called me "Hamster." Clarkson: [painting May's car] This is for every time you've been late and lost. May: [defending his work to a genuinely dismayed Hammond and Clarkson] All the times you drove into the back of my Cadillac.
In Power Rangers S.P.D. Commander Cruger does a form of this when he's fighting the criminal who supposedly killed his wife.
Parodied in A Touch Of Cloth, during the climactic fight between Jack and Macratty:
Macratty: This one's for Mook Tumbler. *hits Jack* This one's for Bullock-
Tom Boss: Actually, you shot Bullock.
Macratty: Do you want me to shoot you again?
Used for comedy in Blackadder Back and Forth, where the modern Blackadder punches out William Shakespeare, saying it's for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 years, for all the suffering Shakespeare's work is going to put them through. Then he adds a kick for Kenneth Branagh's four-hour version of Hamlet. When Blackadder returns to 1999, he learns that this attack made Shakespeare stop writing, which was a contributing factor to France ruling over modern England.
In EastEnders, Den Watts tricks Phil Mitchell into helping him pull off a robbery. He ends up leaving Phil to be arrested by the police as revenge for Phil punching his daughter, having his son beaten up and Phil forbidding his ex-wife Lisa Fowler from having contact with their baby.
Den: [sneering at Phil from the roof after trapping him] This is for Sharon. [proceeds to throw a gun in with him to further frame Phil for armed robbery] And that's for Dennis. Oh yeah, and I got you a little something from Lisa! [empties the bag of the money the pair of them had originally planned to steal all around Phil]
In season 5 finale of Dexter, Lumen stabs Jordan Chase, saying "this is for all the women you've hurt". Jordan Chase was responsible for the gang-rape, torture, and murder of at least a dozen women. He was also responsible for Lumen's own rape and torture.
There was a silent version of this earlier in the season. With on of her rapists on the "kill table", Lumen silently looks around the room, at the pictures of all the other victims. She closes her eyes, and then moves in for the kill. Actress Julia Stiles confirms this was a "This is for all of you" moment.
When she finds out that her husband Henry is cheating on her with Siobhan, and slaps Bridget (who's pretending to be Siobhan - long and very twisty story).
Gemma: That's for sleeping with my husband, you whore!
And when she gets the drop on the man who's kidnapped her on Siobhan's orders and eventually tries to murder her, but messes up the jobnote (sadly, a few moments he has a second try and succeeds - but sadly for him Siobhan shoots him shortly afterwards).
"This is for SuperMagic PowerMan! [stomp] ... and this is for Lanolin Lady! [stomp] ... and this is for THE CHILDREN!!![stomp]"
Memorably parodied in The Young Ones. This week's member of the Balowski Family is a police commissioner who just happens to closely resemble Mussolini, and has done since he was very young. Cue his sad tale of how his potential date headbutted him at the school disco..."I said, 'What's THAT for?'...SHE said, 'THAT's for the invasion of Crete!'"
On Burn Notice, Michael and Madeline go to retrieve a plot-important package from a man who'd threatened Madeline when she asked for it earlier. After Michael has forced the man to give the package up, he calmly dislocates the man's arm, explaining: "That was for my mom."
The very last episode, Madeline pays Michael back, with interest. When James' men smash their way into her house, she's sitting and smoking calmly. She says, "this one's for my boys", then blows up the whole house.
Alias When Will, normally not an Action Guy, finds himself in melee with the woman who had killed and impersonated his lover — and still looks exactly like her — he manages to pin her down, say "This is for Francie", and stab her.
In the country Coward of the County, Tommy, a coward sheriff, hears that the Gatlin boys attacked and "take turns on (his girl) Becky." Even though his dad told him not to fight unless absolutely necessary, Tommy goes to the bar where the men are at the time and confronts them in a good ol' fistfight. He could be heard saying "'This one's for Becky,' as he saw the last one fall."
In Peanuts, an early set of strips showed Linus dealing with his frustrations by throwing rocks into a vacant lot.
This is for hot summer nights! And this is for cold winter mornings! And this is for lies and broken promises! (turns to Charlie Brown standing nearby) Do you have any requests?
Garfieldclobbered Odie and said "That's for not being a cat." Later on, Garfield realized it was wrong on his part to Clobber Odie for not being a cat since it wasn't Odie's choice. Garfield then kicked Odie. "This is for being a dog."
The Unfinished Spelling Errors Of Bolkien: During Sam's attack on the Tower of Cirith Ungol, he stabs one victim for every name he can remember. The orcs are noted to be relieved he didn't bring his address book.
In Star Wars Battlefront games, "For the Republic!" is also one of the generic voice clips from Clone Troopers, along with ''For the Chancellor!".
While not used in the game itself, a walkthrough for Quest for Glory V features too great a parody to pass up: The hero's showdown with The Assassin is described as involving a series of punches, stabs, and high-fives where appropriate for the various people he's killed.
And one for your mother! And one for the pope! And one for Bobo the space monkey! And one because I have ammo left! And one just because I can!
A sniper in the Call of Duty 2 Soviet campaign invokes this by saying "This one's for my * family member* " as he is shooting Nazis, and goes through his family, before ending with "and this one's for my dog! HOW YOU LIKE IT?!" and laughing maniacally. Then he gets blown up by a tank.
Lilarcor: ...And this one's for grandma, who said I'd never amount to anything more than a butter knife!
A rare villainous example existed in Metal Gear Solid 3. After Snake ends up getting caught by Volgin (who wasn't easily fooled by Snake disguising himself as Raikov, because he "knew the Major far better than anyone else'', as well as The Boss unmasking Snake, Volgin gives him a huge beatdown (remarked as one of the more horrifying elements of the game) in order to "make [Snake] pay for hurting Ivan." It's not the last time this sort of thing happens, either. Equip the Raikov mask, punch or shoot Volgin when he lets his guard down, and then he'll charge at you in a fury and shout "HOW DARE YOU!! You will pay for what you did to Ivan!"
Deadpool has way too much fun with this trope when the player is given the option to "bitch-slap" Wolverine.
Before that, in Chapter 1, Guybrush raises his Cutlass of Kaflu and says, "This is for the monkeys, LeChuck!" before his Pox-infected hand goes out of control, making him unable to kill the human LeChuck.
In Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon, Crypto does this as he punches Saxon during the end of the final mission in Shen Long:
"This is for the Master! And because I don't like you! And for your BOGUS! SATIN! JAMMIES!"
In Saints Row The Third, the Boss, if the Female 1 voice is chosen, will give one when planting each explosive during the final mission of the serious ending.
In Saints Row IV, the Boss will say things like this while shooting down alien ships in "The White Crib":
"This is for Uncle Sam! And this is for Lady Liberty! And this one's just for shits and giggles!"
In Mass Effect 3, Shepard does this after impaling Kai Leng on the omni-blade, on behalf of either Thane, Miranda, or Major Kirrahe, depending on which of them Leng killed earlier. There's even a version for both Thane *and* Miranda. If he killed the salarian councilor (meaning Kirrahe and Thane were already dead), but not Miranda, Shepard just taunts him with the fact that he didn't have a gunship to back him up this time.
In Eternal Darkness, every character you've played thus far—with the exception of the first, who becomes the Final Boss—appears in the last battle. Every single person who has suffered and/or died and/or worse gets their chance to strike back at Pious Augustus.
In Grim Fandango, if you keep shooting at the Big Bad's greenhouse during the endgame — instead of taking the sneaky route — Manny eventually starts to say this. The last victim he names, however, died under circumstances completely unrelated to the central plot and the villains' plans (this prompts the Big Bad to ask who he is talking about).
In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the player character can have this done to them. After they clear out a group of pirates, they may randomly encounter a couple remnants of the pirate gang, who will attack the player on sight and yell, "This is for Haldyn!" (Haldyn was their leader and was killed by the player.)
During the landsmeet in Dragon Age: Origins: Alistair pulls one of these if you choose to have him fight Loghain in single combat to prove his right to Fereldan's throne. Alistair will execute Loghain after this conversation.
Loghain: Good, there's some of Maric in you after all.
Alistair: Forget Maric, this is for Duncan! (decapitates Loghain)
Lothar: That's for cutting my limbs off! (punches Rouge in the gut) Lothar: That's for kicking me in the head! (knees Rogue in the jaw) Lothar: That's for pushing me down the stairs! (punches Eastwood in the face) Lothar: That's so you don't feel left out! (kicks Syrus in the crotch)
G.I. Joe: The Movie had Sergeant Slaughter doing this while repeatedly body-slamming Nemesis Enforcer: "This is for Gung-Ho, Alpine, and Bazooka!" (slam) "This is for Falcon!" (punch) "This is for me!" (elbow) "This is for Duke!" (punch) "AND THIS IS FOR THE U.S. OF A.!!!" (body slam)
Gladiator Draaga does this to Mongul in the Justice League episode "War World." "This is for my people!" (punch) "This is for my humiliation!" (punch) "And this is for justice!" (PUNCH)
Made sublimely Narmy by the actor's weird pronunciation: "And this is for JOSS-TISS!"
Parodied in The Simpsons: A WWI soldier pulls the pin on a hand grenade, starts calling out the names of all the other soldiers in his company that the grenade is for, and becomes so wrapped up in the speech that he forgets to throw it before it goes off.
"This one's for you, Kaiser Bill. Special delivery from Uncle Sam and all the boys in D company. Yeah... Johnny, Harris, Brooklyn Bob. And Reggie. Yeah, even Reggie. He ain't so stuck up once you get to know hi-"*KABOOM!*
"That's for taking credit for other people's work!" (That was just one of the examples Nelson Muntz left back when he was fond of this trope)
Played for Laughs in "Maggie Makes Three"; when Homer quits his job at the power plant, he proceeds to literally do whatever he wants to Mr. Burns. Upon leaving, he remarks: "That's for employing me for eight years!"
During "Simpsons Tall Tales", Homer, as Paul Bunyan, says "This one's for that crippled little boy... that I crippled."
During a Treehouse of Horror episode, Homer says "This is for Snowball I and JFK!" before killing Death with a bowling ball.
A villain example: In part 1 of the Darkwing Duck episode "Just Us Justice Ducks", the title character's evil twin Negaduck jumps on top of Darkwing's body with Punctuated Pounding, then leaves and comes back for more, simultaneously announcing his team-up with 4 other villains: "Oh, almost forgot... This is for MEGAVOLT! (jump) BUSHROOT! (jump) LIQUIDATOR! (jump) QUACKERJACK! (jump) And NEGADUCK... (jump) makes five: The Fearsome Five!!"
Done in Family Guy episode "Don't Make Me Over," where, after Meg is tricked into having sex with Jimmy Fallon as part of the cold opening to Saturday Night Live, Peter attacks Fallon during his monologue, but Peter attacks Jimmy Fallon for all those times Fallon has ever cracked up in his sketches, citing that only Carol Burnett has earned the right to do that, then Peter wonders where the guy who had sex with his daughter is.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series: During the Hobgoblin's first two-parter, he puts Aunt May in the hospital while kidnapping Harry Osborn. Spider-Man later gets Hob to cripple his own glider via Deadly Dodging, and watches him crash into the river. "THAT was for Aunt May!"
Done by Helsinki Man in The Secret Show episode which takes as its title his catchphrase: "And that's for Helsinki!".
In the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Three Men and a Booby", Monty yells "This is for the Parmesan we left behind!" before launching a plunger at a cage with the mother booby.
In Batman: The Animated Series, Batman does this to master villain Rupert Thorne: (slams wrist) "That's for pulling a gun," (throws Thorne across the room) "and that's for the drugs," (Punches Thorne in the face) "And that's for anything I missed."
Made incredibly badass because Bats sounds like he's only barely resisting the urge to tear Thorne limb from limb with his bare hands.
A variation from the VeggieTales DVD "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving." When Nicholas returns home after years abroad, his old friend Octavius slaps him with a fish, telling him, "That's for not writing!" and then slaps him again, this time for not calling. They then share a tender reunion, and toward the end of their conversation, he slaps Nicholas one more time. "That's for not bringing me back a souvenir."
Humorously subverted in a Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode while taking a jab at the Joker Immunity trope. After getting zapped and regenerated once, Zorak reveals he destroyed a toy collection, and Space Ghost proceeds to zap Zorak repeatedly for each one of the toys he ruined. Still mad, Space Ghost finally decides to give him "one to grow on," and Zorak doesn't reappear. Space Ghost spends the rest of the episode in remorse when in fact Zorak escaped off-stage in the chaos.
In Dan Vs.. "Traffic," Dan encounters Helicopter Hal, the radio traffic reporter, and punches him.
Dan: That's for making mepee! Hal: What? Dan: You love traffic, don't you? Hal: Well, it is my bread and butter. (Dan punches him again) Dan: That's because I can't digest butter! Hal: How is that my fault? You can't just punch a celebrity. Dan: I didn't.
Parodied on South Park. In "City on the Edge of Forever" Kenny McCormick kills death while yelling "and this one's for me" over and over.
In Aladdin: The Series, when Genie turns into a soldier and starts firing a machine gun in a random direction when he thinks he's under attack.
Genie: This is for Joe! And this is for Moe! And this is for BARTHOLOMEW!
The Secret Show: Doctor Doctor once brainwashed the whole population of Helsinki into hating Victor and Anita. Said population mentioned the trope whenever they did something to the two heroes.
In Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, when Linus is unable to give his candy to Miss Othmar because she left with her boyfriend, he feels so upset that he goes up onto a bridge and starts throwing off the candies one by one (Snoopy and Woodstock both catch the candies in their mouths and eat them). As he throws each piece of candy off the bridge, he says things that start with this trope:
Linus: This one is for love! And this one is for Valentine's! This one is for romance! This one is for Elizabeth Barrett Browning! This is for "How do I love thee!" This is for...
Louise does this in the Bob's Burgers episode "Mother Daughter Laser Razor" in the laser tag arena.
Gravity Falls: "That's for lying to me! That's for breaking my heart! And this is for messing with my brother!"
Total Drama: In the All Stars episode "Suckers Punched," Alejandro's is his Big Brother Bully Jose. The fight is for the most part even, until Jose makes the big mistake of insulting Heather. Alejandro snaps and starts beating down his brother for all the things he's done to him over the years with this trope in effect, and serves the secondary purpose of winning a point for his team.
Alejandro: "And this is for calling any aspect of Heather unattractive!"
In The Cleveland Show episode "Buried Pleasure", Donna, Ariana and Kendra gang on Holt's abusive girlfriend for beating up their husbands. Ariana shouts "This is for my Tim!" and Kenda shouts "This is for my Lester!".